It was officially announced this past week that Strikeforce champion Ronda Rousey and #1 contender Sarah Kaufman will duke it out in the cage Aug. 18 in San Diego. For months, however, the two were already preparing for war. What has been interesting is that both fighters have traveled to two of the best gyms to prepare.
Rousey has been training with Cesaer Gracie and the Diaz brothers in Stockton, CA; which has been documented by MiddleEasy.com. The camp makes a lot of sense with the personality and fighting style of Rousey, who needs to improve her striking game. The Diaz brothers are some of the best strikers in the game and if Rousey’s plan A doesn’t work, she has boxing in her back pocket. Her main training camp is with Manny Gamburyan and Team Hayastan out of Hollywood, CA.
Kaufman, on the other hand, has made a trip to Albuquerque, NM to train with the Jackson/Winkeljohn team. This is nothing new to Kaufman, whose coach Adam Zugec has gained a relationship with the world famous gym. Although having a solid striking background, the former Stikreforce champ is looking for strategy against a fighter who has submitted opponents within the first round. Jackson is the mastermind behind many of the champion fighters in the UFC.
It should also be noted that Kaufman trained with another former champion, Cyborg Santos, in San Diego for a week before returning to Canada.
With the new knowledge and strategy, will Kaufman find the key to defeating Rousey; or will Rousey continue her dominance in the cage. We will all find out August 28.